The 1st round of the Malaysia Open Super Series shown the exits of Malaysia’s players the likes of Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah and other top players. The most heartbreaking is the men’s doubles match when Malaysia’s second pair and the 8th seed Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah lost to Chris Langridge and Peter Mills of England. At one point the Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah hold a match point lead in the rubber game 20-15! but lost the match 21,-18,19-21,20-22 which left the home crowd and supporters utterly disappointed. They were leading 20-15 in the rubber game but caused too much unforced errors which made the English pair boost in confidence.
The highlight of the tournament was the match between the reigning World Champion Ratchanok Intanon who was is the 3rd seed and Qualifier and Japan Open 2013 Champion Akane Yamaguchi. Last year, 18 years old Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand became the youngest World Champion ever and 16 years old Akane Yamaguchi became the youngest Super Series Champion, winning Japan Open Super Series 2013.
These 2 top prospect of badminton and future giant of the sport collided last time, and Akane Yamaguchi managed to pulled through and won the world champion 21-18,23-25, 21-16 in 1 hour hard fought match. Akane Yamaguchi who is still studying in high school displayed great maturity and experience which left the world champion Ratchanok clueless at some point of the match. Despite being a little chubby, the teenager Akan Yamaguchi showed great coverage of the court and dictating is rally with great attacking shots. Truly showed great potential and could be the next hall fame-er.
In the men’s singles singles as expected World number 1 and Malaysia’s pride Lee Chong Wei breezed through the first round hurdle against Denmark’s Han Kristian Vittinghus 21-7, 21-13. During the second set, Kristian Vittinghus showed a little aggression but couldn’t keep up with the blistering pace and accurate shots of the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei. In the men’s doubles event 7th seed Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong left the crowd disappointed with poor display and inconsistency in the game losing to unseeded China’s Biao Chai and Wei Hong 17-21, 14-21.
Malaysia second ranked Chong Wei Feng was made to look like a little boy when he faced Japan’s old timer Sho Sasaki 13-21, 19-21. Chong Wei Feng did stepped up his game in the second game but was too late as the Japanese roped in for the win.
While the crowd in the stadium was in disappointment after poor performance of their home players, Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah brought back the joy to the face of the supporters when displayed a brilliant performance which the won their match against the 2nd seeeds Mathia Boe and Carsten Mogensen 24-22, 17-21, 21-18 in an hour match!